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2017 Healthy Eating and Active Living Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

July 14, 2017

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Cambridge in Motion and Let’s Move Cambridge campaigns, has awarded a total of $5,000 in mini-grants to nine local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and active living.
“We are thrilled that so many groups want to create a healthier food and fitness environment in Cambridge,” said Dawn Olcott, MS, interim Manager of Nutrition Programs for the Cambridge Public Health Department. “These projects help make it easier for children, adults, and seniors to be active and have healthy food throughout their day.”
Healthy eating and active living is one of the city’s four health priority areas. 
The 2017 mini-grant awardees and their projects are:
  • The Cambridge Community Center will offer a workshop on how to grow and use herbs. Families will receive free herb pots to grow at home. 
  • The Citywide Senior Center will offer cooking and exercise classes on alternating weeks this fall. 
  • The Community Arts Center summer program will plant vegetables in three existing community garden plots and teach children about growing vegetables, food preparation, food systems, and healthy eating. 
  • Green Cambridge Inc., will create a prototype educational community-run neighborhood farm in which the food will be distributed to neighbors, volunteer farmers, and local food security organizations. 
  • Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc., in partnership with the Cambridge Community Center, will offer fresh produce for free at two “markets in the park” that will be held weekly in July and August at Riverside Press Park and Trolley Square in Cambridge.
  • The Kennedy Longfellow Elementary School will purchase activity equipment that will be incorporated into a curriculum that teaches students self-awareness and the health benefits of activity.
  • Rise-Up at CRLS will conduct six mini-sports workshops that introduce nontraditional sports, such as lacrosse, golf, and crew, to incoming CRLS students. 
  • The SHIFT Community Bicycle Collective is running a biweekly outdoor bicycle repair station in East Cambridge from April through early October, which offers free replacement parts and teaches residents how to make bicycle repairs.
  • The Windsor Preschool will plant a garden outside the children’s classrooms and expose the preschoolers and their families to a variety of healthy garden vegetables and herbs.
The 2017 mini-grants are co-funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the three Whole Food Market stores in Cambridge. 
“Whole Foods Market is excited to continue partnering with the Cambridge Public Health Department to help these dedicated organizations provide healthy food and activities to the community,” said Matthew Keller, Marketing and Community Liaison of Whole Foods Market Cambridge and Somerville.
The mini-grant program, now in its sixth year, is a partnership of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the Healthy Children Task Force, the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council, and the Cambridge Public Schools’ Green Schools Initiative.
For more information, contact Dawn Olcott at the Cambridge Public Health Department, dolcott@challiance.org or 617-665-3809.


Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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